archive: 2014

Automating data collection with Powershell

One of the challenges with analyzing complex Exchange issues is data collection. Once the server goes into the failed state, any data collection at that point only shows us what the failed state looks

Directory Name Must Be Less Than 248 Characters

Over the holiday weekend, I was deleting some old projects out of my coding projects folder when Powershell returned an error stating, “The specified path, file name, or both are too long. The fully q

TNEF property problem update

Back in January, I wrote a blog post about PF replication failing due to corrupt TNEF. The problem is caused by the presence of a couple of properties that have been deprecated and shouldn’t be presen

MfcMapi error when opening public folders

There are a lot of little problems I run across that I never investigate, simply because there’s no impact and no one seems to care. I have my hands full investigating issues that are impacting people

Working around findstr's regexp limitations

It’s my job to solve difficult problems involving Exchange Server, and this often involves a lot of various types of tracing. Almost daily, I find myself needing to parse through huge amounts of text

LDAP send queue limits cause event 2070 and 2084

I recently worked on an issue where the domain controllers kept intentionally disconnecting the Exchange servers. The error messages that described the reason for the disconnect were rather misleading

Event 9414 means your OAB is missing objects

Today, I want to highlight a behavior that isn’t really called out anywhere in any existing documentation I can find. This is the behavior that occurs when Offline Address Book generation on Exchange

Mailbox lock contention in Exchange 2013

In Exchange Server, when a call into the Information Store fails, we often report a diagnostic context. This information is extremely useful for those of us in support, because we can often use it to

Delegated setup fails in Exchange 2013

In Exchange 2013, the built-in Delegated Setup role group allows users to install new Exchange 2013 servers after those servers have been provisioned with the /NewProvisionedServer switch. However, yo